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Mechanical engineers design, build, and test a wide variety of products and processes that range from your car and its engine, the refrigerator in your kitchen, the hydro and gas turbine that provide your house with electricity, to the space shuttle.

Because the industries in which mechanical engineers work are so varied, you can expect that your education and training to become a mechanical engineer is also very broad. Mechanical engineering is also becoming more and more intertwined with computer and electrical engineering as in the areas of robotics and mechatronics. Mechanical engineering is a broad, but very promising field for those who are considering what kind of career they want to choose.

What can mechanical engineers do?

  • Design (products, machines and systems): machines, equipment, engines, oil well drilling and extraction equipment; piping systems and pressure vessels – reactors; material handling equipment - conveyers, robots, production lines; vehicles – cars, heavy equipment, buses, aircraft, ships. Energy conversion methods – fuel cells, wind power, hydroelectric, nuclear, geothermal, wind power, solar.
  • Analysis: equipment failures to improve performance and reliability; heat transfer, vibration, sound.
  • Fabrication: coordinate fabrication of equipment; develop and improve fabrication techniques and methods
  • Testing: quality, performance, safety, and reliability of products, equipment, processes
  • Research and development
  • Operations and maintenance: keep various plants and processes operating at optimum performance, operations supervision and management

Where can graduates work?

  • Conventional industries
  • Automated industries
  • Industrial research groups
  • Aerospace and defense sectors

What are the mechanical engineering disciplines within the University?

  • Mechatronics; a unique integration of advanced engineering disciplines
  • Production and manufacturing
  • Mechanical power

Why should one be a mechanical engineer?

  • You get the opportunity to create something tangible and useful. Your creations will be used by others. It gives you the greatest joy
  • It is the broadest branch of engineering…so your career options are open
  • Learning different varieties: You learn how to design and make things ranging from a safety pin to a spacecraft
  • Easy to imagine and visualize whatever you learn
  • Develop a range of skills – you learn the work of a machine operator, a mechanic, a plant manager, a researcher, and a policy maker
  • You work with anything, from massive machines (majestic in nature) to tiny precision instruments, micro, and nano devices.
  • Importance of your work: You form the human resources that are required for the survival of any industry and form the backbone of modern human life. You are the person who may generate power/energy from natural resources; make equipment, and design processes; make cars, planes, ships; make machines that manufacture products ranging from food to surgical instruments to weapons, and manage factories and businesses.